While researching the best local Creole restaurants in the French Quarter, Mr. B's Bistro was recommended by my friend Johnny, and again by Ray at the concierge desk at The Roosevelt. I visited on a holiday Monday night, when a reservation would have been a wise choice. My party sat at one of the few remaining tables, in a high-traffic area with a full view of the mostly-open kitchen.
The foods I tasted were excellent. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Grits was the standout for me, with large shrimp tightly wrapped in pecan bacon, on creamy, not-too-consistent grits with the savory and sweetness balanced nicely. Mr. B's Barbecued Shrimp, the specific dish that had been raved about, was an adventure. The large gulf shrimp were served New Orleans style, complete in their shells, with a peppery, brothy sauce and French Bread. The cut of beef in the Truffle Butter Filet Mignon was flavorful and tender, not overwhelmed by the truffle, and served with sliced garlic potatoes and sautéed spinach. The bread delivered before the meal in a Mr. B's bag, was strong sourdough and was perfectly baked. Mr. B's renditions of Lemon Ice Box Pie and Hot Buttered Pecan Pie were taken to go after the meal, and did well even after waiting some time to be served.
From my vantage point, I was able to observe the full team service effort. First, there were dozens of black and white-uniformed staff members buzzing about, not in a frenzy, but quietly and quickly. The kitchen churned out plates like clockwork, exchanging and adjusting dishes as requested. When someone left the table, a staff member promptly picked up and folded their napkin and placed it across the arm of their chair. I overheard a table captain asking a server to return the table's salads to the kitchen and to ask the kitchen to slow the entrees, as the table had just gotten into their appetizers. Our to go items arrived with an extra Bread Pudding, just for us to try. The demeanor of the staff was always pleasant, but with a seriousness toward complete care of their guests.
Mr. B's delivered a most-efficient experience in the midst of a busy evening, without my having a reservation, and without feeling too formal or stuffy. It is easy to see why it garners awards as a business destination. The quality of service was more than matched by the authentic foods full of local flavor. For business and pleasure, Mr. B's Bistro is a good choice.
Mr. B's Bistro - 201 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130